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17 February 2020

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Kevin Glass (Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity) and Betsy Woodruff (The Daily Beast)

On Rational Actors, Kevin and Betsy discuss the political fallout from the technical failures of healthcare.gov, and consider rhetorical and political parallels between Obamacare and the Iraq war. If the website woes continue, will Obama delay the individual mandate? Kevin notes that the conservative base supports the intransigence of politicians like Sen. Ted Cruz. Could the shutdown cost the GOP the House in 2014? Finally, Betsy disputes the dominant media narrative that evangelicals are enthusiastic about immigration reform.

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Rational Actors | Oct 22, 2013 | Kevin Glass & Betsy Woodruff

The Wright Show

The truth about foreign policy “realism”

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Robert Wright speaks with Andrew Bacevich, president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and author of The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory.

Culturally Determined

“Conspiracies are logistically impossible”

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with filmmaker Kirby Ferguson, who just completed his documentary This Is Not a Conspiracy Theory.

The DMZ

Is a contested convention looming?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether moderate Democrats will unite to deny Bernie Sanders the nomination.

MeaningofLife.tv

What explains the taboo against the academic study of UFOs?

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Robert Wright speaks with political scientist Alexander Wendt, who recently delivered a TEDx talk titled “Wanted: A Science of UFOs.”

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The Glenn Show

Will Latinos become white?

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And will blacks be left behind again? Glenn Loury speaks with Ernesto Cortés, Jr. and Peter Skerry.

MeaningofLife.tv

Revisiting Plato’s Ring of Gyges

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Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Spencer Case use the myth of a ring that grants invisibility to debate moral realism.

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The DMZ

How vulnerable are Democrats to Republican mischief?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis survey GOP attempts to sow disunity in the Democratic primaries.

MeaningofLife.tv

Where Existentialists and Stoics agree

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Robert Wright speaks with Skye Cleary and Massimo Pigliucci, co-editors of the new book How to Live a Good Life and proponents, respectively, of Existentialism and Stoicism.

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Culturally Determined

Remembering Tim Allen’s “masculinism”

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with William R. Black, who recently wrote about the ideology that the Home Improvement star propounded in the mid-1990s.

The Glenn Show

“It simply isn’t true”

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John McWhorter harshly critiques the New York Times’s 1619 Project, which placed slavery at the center of the American historical narrative.